Duterte Admin to Spend More than P800-Billion in Infrastructure Projects Outside Metro Manila


The Duterte administration will prioritize the development in the countryside as they plan to construct the major infrastructure projects outside Metro Manila. Pres. Duterte will spend a whopping P860.7 billion on large-scale infrastructure project starting next year.


Finance Undersecretary Antonette Tionko revealed in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) that the Duterte admin's spending on infrastructure project represents 5.4 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The amount of infrastructure spending is more than double the annual spending in the past administration or about P100 billion more than the 2016 outlay of P756.4 billion.

Out of the 2017 budget for infrastructure, the Investment Coordinating Council (ICC) has earmarked P355.7 billion to improve and build road networks, flood control systems, seaports, airports, school buildings, hospitals and health centers and irrigation system.


Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez on his part, has given instructions to scale up and prioritize the development of infrastructure projects that would have an impact on areas outside "Mega Manila."

Some of the projects prioritize by the Duterte admin are the infrastructure projects in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Eastern Visayas and Mindanao, particularly the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM.

The big-ticket infrastructure projects in Mindanao include the 2,000-kilometer Mindanao Railway Project, modernization of the Davao Sasa Port, expansions of the Francisco Bangoy (Davao) International Airport, development of the Laguindingan Airport, Mindanao Logistics Infrastructure Network, and the Rural Road Development Program.

According to the Duterte admin, the Rural Road Development Program, which is to be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), will speed up the construction and upgrade of local access roads to tourism destinations, roll-on-roll-off (RORO) ports, and airports, as well as farm-to-market roads under the watch of the Department of Agriculture.

Source: Philippine Information Agency (PIA)


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